kramer (4562) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, Smoke ’em if ya Gots ’em Fest 2010. Pours a clear dark brown with a frothy light brown head. The nose is moderate ashy smoke, some chocolate malt, and a touch of nuttiness. The flavor is way more Porter than Smoked, just a light hint of smoke on the back end. It’s a pretty decent Porter though, nicely chocolaty with some coffee notes. Medium bodied with light soft carbonation, some lingering sweetness. Decent beer, but not quite enough smoke for this guy.
cazort (487) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Overall, similar to the Pig Iron Porter, but in my opinion all around better. The smoke in the aroma was subtle. I did find this beer to be a bit more full-bodied. It also lacked the unpleasant tones I encountered in that beer. Still, this beer lacked the bitterness that I like in porters, and, for a smoked porter, I could have taken a lot more smokiness before I would think there was too much. In this one, it was barely detectable. A bit too sweet for me as well.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at IH Newark: Poured into a pint glass, black in color, small tan colored head. Doesnt smell that smokey... Little chocolate on the nose with lots of roasted malts. Taste is ashey, with a light smoke in the after taste. Lots of roasted malts in the flavor. Texture is almost creamy, very drinkable. Overall a well balanced, drinkable beer.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
20100531 tap at Newark. Yes yes yes! I am definitely a fan of their regular porter and using that recipe as the base for the smoked is ideal. Aroma is chocolate, charcoal, and wood smoke with light caramel and wheat toast. Body is soft, lush, yet drying with a nice dusty finish. Some gripping earthy hops brighten and tighten the palate. Very good smoked porter.
eaglefan538 (2815) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Newark location. Pour was typical porter-like brown with a generous and foamy off-white head. Aroma was caramel, smoke, chocolate, roast. The flavor followed, smoke fairly subdued for a smoke beer. Nicely done, smooth, malty molasses touch to the finish. The mouthfeel was full, comparable to the pig iron porter - probably the same base beer.